[ gree-dee ]
/ ˈgri di /

adjective, greed·i·er, greed·i·est.

excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious: the greedy owners of the company.
having a strong or great desire for food or drink.
keenly desirous; eager (often followed by of or for): greedy for praise.

Nearby words

  1. greebo,
  2. greece,
  3. greed,
  4. greedily,
  5. greediness,
  6. greedy guts,
  7. greegree,
  8. greek,
  9. greek alphabet,
  10. greek calends

Origin of greedy

before 900; Middle English gredy, Old English grædig; cognate with Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic gredags

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Synonym study

1, 3. See avaricious. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for greediness


/ (ˈɡriːdɪ) /

adjective greedier or greediest

excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious
(postpositive foll by for) eager (for)a man greedy for success
Derived Formsgreedily, adverbgreediness, noun

Word Origin for greedy

Old English grǣdig; related to Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic grēdags hungry, Old High German grātac

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